To the editor:
I am a first-generation American whose family escaped persecution at the hands of autocracies. Our Founding Fathers created a masterpiece in the Constitution of the United States.
Today, our way of life, our democracy and open society is under attack by a narcissistic, racist, anti-Semitic, dishonest president who is enabled by power-hungry, greedy people, almost all of whom identify as Republicans.
As a history buff, I have always kept in mind that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
Today, I see an administration that is frightening in that it is acting in ways not unlike Germany in the 1930s.
There is complete disregard for societal norms, rule of law and tradition.
The presidency is being used to enrich supporters and crush opposition, with a disregard for the environment and our greatest existential threat.
When challenged, people will say we will never get to that level — exactly what Victor Klemperer said in “I Will Bear Witness.”
If we do not begin to act in a civil, constructive way and say no to this tyranny, then we will end up no different than Russia, Turkey, China or the myriad other countries spiraling out of control.
This time it is life and death.
If the United States does not reclaim our moral leadership, fighting global climate change will fail and it will end in the demise of our planet and all of us.